For fans of Hellboy, sad news was announced at New York Comic-Con (NYCC) when Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman confirmed that the third installment of the franchise won't be happening. When Screen Rant asked Perlman about Hellboy 3, he admitted that, among other things, he and director Guillermo del Toro don't even pay much attention to the sequel due to their busy schedules.
Due to the Hellboy movies' decent, but not stellar, box office returns, movie studios and distributors don't see the would-be trilogy as a lucrative investment. This is a pity since the Hellboy films were among the few good movies based on a comic book to be released before the shared superhero universe craze. Even if the film's creators seem to have lost hope, here's why they shouldn't give up on Hellboy 3.
There's More Story To Tell
The last Hellboy movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, ended in a cliffhanger. It revealed that Hellboy was about to become the father of Liz Sherman's (Selma Blair) twins, along with the promised resolution to Hellboy's destiny as the catalyst of the apocalypse. These major narrative arcs would have been concluded in Hellboy 3, but given the present circumstances, this is highly unlikely. Practically speaking, Hellboy 3 needs to happen because his story is far from over.
Del Toro's plot description for the third movie sounds like a fitting conclusion to Hellboy's story. Given Del Toro's grand apocalyptic vision, it makes sense why studios would be hesitant to finance a third Hellboy movie.
Hellboy was to finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and have him and Liz face that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being.
The Hellboy movies are popular comic book movies in the cult circles, and those who enjoyed watching Hellboy and company fight the forces of darkness deserve a proper farewell to the beer guzzling demon. Coincidentally, this is a sentiment Hellboy himself once agreed with.
The Timing Is Right
DC and Marvel are currently locked in a superhero movie arms race, and audiences are close to being saturated by the growing number of superheroes saving the day from a computerized alien army or another one-note villain.
There's a need for new blood, and titles like Hellboy 3 could help fulfill that need. Hellboy joined movies like Blade, Constantine and V For Vendetta that showed the more creative and adult side of a comic book movie. These kinds of comic book movies are currently far and few between, and they need to make a comeback.
But that also doesn't mean Hellboy can only return as a reboot, as some studios may prefer. There has been a recent trend of delayed sequels masqueraded as soft reboots that broke records and simultaneously revived aged franchises. Despite coming late into the series, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were so successful that they spawned new trilogies for their respective series. Meanwhile, Mad Max: Fury Road redefined the modern action movie by merely existing.
If these films are any indication, if well-made and marketed properly, Hellboy could potentially return with a delayed Hellboy 3 and still make a profit. From a business standpoint, it's understandable why studios aren't rushing to revive the franchise, but that doesn't mean the chance to do so should be passed over entirely.
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It's Hellboy, Damn It!
Hellboy (aka Anung Un Rama) is a literal demon whose right arm is the key to releasing the Ogdru Jahad — an ancient spirit that will herald the apocalypse once freed from its prison. When he's not dealing with a destiny he despises, Hellboy joins his equally weird friends from the BPRD (Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense) in saving regular people from supernatural terrors, elder gods, evil folklore and occult Nazis.
Outside of ironic indie homages to B-movies like Iron Sky or Kung Fury, where else can you find a story like this? Let alone, a legit supernatural action-thriller that features Rasputin and Nazis trying to summon an ancient Lovecraftian horror?
Years after their release, the Hellboy movies still stand as some of the best examples of the comic book movie thanks to a combination of good storytelling, imaginative filmmaking and being unapologetic of its comic roots. Both Hellboy installments are also wildly entertaining modern day throwbacks to pulpy horror stories and ancient lore, filled with relatable characters who just so happen to have ties to old magic and World War 2 occultism. As ridiculous as the combination sounds, Hellboy made this blend of elements work together perfectly.
The world and characters of Hellboy are some of the most unique and exciting examples of comic book elements translated to the big screen — and they're worth returning to for both entertainment and story value.
Personally speaking, the Hellboy movies are part of what made growing up in the pre-MCU days fun. That's not to say that Marvel movies are bad, but today's comic book movies are slowly becoming more interchangeable with one another. It's slightly disappointing that adaptation franchises as imaginative as Hellboy don't get the chance to continue their stories, while others that stay slave to a bland formula get a new movie almost every other year.
Though the likelihood of Hellboy 3 happening grows slimmer with each passing day, my appreciation for the Hellboy movies does not. Hellboy showed how relatively obscure and unfamiliar comics can still work well as movies, and it's something I hope to see again before the comic book movie craze runs its course.
Do you still want to see 'Hellboy 3?'
[Source: Screen Rant]